- Valet parking, parking lot & parking garage
- Dress Code: Upscale casual
- Full bar
- Reservations suggested
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ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro Restaurant Review: Lon Symensma, a former New York-based chef who's done time in restaurants in France and some of the best food temples in New York and Shanghai, has descended on Denver, opening an Asian restaurant that turns out Southeast Asian and Chinese dishes influenced by classic French techniques. The contemporary space, designed with eco-friendly, reclaimed furnishings and materials, struts an open kitchen and chef's counter, a community table, windowed walls that overlook the downtown street scene and a separate bar area that's always six-deep with cosmopolitan crowds. And Symensma, who's traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, has designed a menu that merits attention: the soup dumplings, enveloping Gruyère and sweet onions, explode in fits and bursts on the tongue, while the Brussels sprouts, their leaves separated and tossed in the wok, are studded with fried pork and fragrant with mint leaves. Main dishes like the seared scallops with king oyster mushrooms swathed in lobster sauce or the tamarind-glazed lamb shank plated with Asian pears and spiced peanuts are equally noteworthy. The beverage program, a smartly composed roster of cocktails, craft beers, saké and wines, including local bottlings, also includes a terrific selection of Asian teas for those whose drink preferences aren't of the alcoholic persuasion.